U of M Clashes with No. 11 Tulsa on Sunday
Oct. 24, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
The Memphis Tigers will play host to the No. 11 Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m., at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. The game will be the broadcast by Ben Holden and Richard Broad on CBS College Sports. The game will air on tape delay at 7 p.m., on Tues., Oct. 28. CBS College Sports is channel 222 for Comcast subscribers. It is part of Comcast' Sports Package.
Sunday's game will be the second of the season to be aired on CBS College Sports and the third in Memphis men's soccer history. Earlier this season, Ben Holden and Richard Broad called a thrilling overtime match which saw Memphis knock-off No. 15 SMU on a Michael Coburn header off of a Sean Goulding free kick in the third minute of the game. The U of M is 2-0-0 in televised contest. Memphis defeated the UAB Blazers in the 2004 Conference Championship in a televised broadcast on Nov. 14, 2004. The Tigers came back to defeat the Blazers and earn the 2004 C-USA title.
Memphis has relied on the services of several contributors this season. Michael Coburn, a senior from Dundalk, Ireland, and Parker Duncan, a freshman from Johnson City, Tenn., have been two players who have stepped up big lately. Duncan has scored three goals in the last three games for the Tigers including the Tigers' two goals against FIU. Coburn, has scored two-game winning goals this season against No. 15 SMU and against South Carolina in Columbia. The senior captain has earned C-USA Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors this season, as well as College Soccer News' Team of the Week honors last Sunday after scoring a goal against South Carolina, while also helping Memphis record its second shutout of the year. Memphis boasts six seniors who have seen regular game action this season. Sean Goulding, a senior from Arbroath, Scotland, leads the team in assists with four this year. The Tigers also have several newcomers besides Duncan who have played key roles. Freshmen Thomas Shannon and Cody McCoy have each earned starts at the midfield position, while transfers Rory O'Connor and Mark Weldon have notched starts at defender.
Michael Goodlett has been the man in goal for the U of M this season. He currently has a 1.18 goals against average and 59 saves. His 59 saves are currently third in the C-USA. He is on pace to hold a spot on Memphis record charts for lowest career goals against average when he reaches 2,500 minutes. The junior from Bolton, Miss., has a career goals against average of 1.33 in nearly 2,300 minutes as the U of M netminder.
Tulsa makes the trek to Memphis boasting a 10-3-1 record and a No. 11 ranking. The Golden Hurricane currently holds an unscathed conference record, going 5-0-0 so far in 2008. They are the defending conference champion after finishing 2007 with a record of 15-3-2 and a conference scratch of 6-0-2. Tulsa made it as far as the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they lost to the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils. The Golden Hurricane is coached by Tom McIntosh who is in his 14th season at the helm of the program. McIntosh was the 2007 C-USA Coach of the Year. Tulsa also returned three players who were First Team All-C-USA in Jose Parada, Chris Clements and Eric DeFreitas. Parada, a junior from Houston, Texas, has four assists on the season. DeFreitas has contributed one goal. Despite the return of experience players, the guy who has led the way for Tulsa is Austin Neil, a freshman from Broken Arrow, Okla. Neil is second in the league in points and goals. He has seven goals and 16 points. He was a club and high school teammate of Memphis freshman Thomas Shannon at Broken Arrow High School.
The Tulsa goal is protected by Tyrel Lacey who has posted a C-USA low 0.70 goals against average. He also leads the conference in saves percentage with a .839 mark.
"Tulsa is the best team in the league at the moment," said Head Coach Richie Grant. "They seem to be on a real role lately. They are team that is very comfortable with the ball. They are a very organized and well coached team. I really think this game comes at the right time for us. We are really excited to play against the best team in the league and very encouraged that it is another game that will be on television."
Memphis enters Sunday's match with a record of 5-8-1, with a conference mark of 3-2-0. The Tigers currently stand alone in third place after UCF dropped a match to second-place Kentucky on Wednesday night, 2-1. The U of M played to their first tie game of the season with the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars. The game ended in the third shutout of the season for Memphis goalkeeper Michael Goodlett and the Tiger defense. It was the second shutout in a row for Memphis, after they kept a blank slate against South Carolina on the previous Friday. The series between the two C-USA foes is at 3-0-2. The Tigers and Golden Hurricane played to a 3-3 double overtime tie in 2007 in Tulsa.
Memphis next game after Tulsa will pit them against the Central Arkansas Bears on Wed., Oct. 29 in Conway, Ark.